Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen encouraged Alex Cora to get into coaching

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Back in 2016, Alex Cora was working as a baseball analyst for ESPN. But at the time, he was ready to jump into coaching. And an opportunity to interview for a position presented itself.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were looking for a new manager and Cora interviewed for the Diamondbacks job. The position ultimately went to former Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, as it was expected to, but Cora took away quite a bit from the experience.

Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Cora spoke of how Diamondbacks GM, Mike Hazen, encouraged him to get some coaching experience to help him on his path to becoming a manager.

“Mike was the one [who said] ‘Hey, just be on the field and things are going to happen quick.’ He was right,” Cora said. “They’re good people. Very professional; they know what they’re doing. I was glad that they called me to interview.”

Safe to say, Hazen's advice was right. Cora has been a part of the last two teams to win a World Series title, the Houston Astros and the Red Sox, so both of those teams owe Hazen a debt of gratitude for getting Cora involved in coaching. And for Cora, getting the experience of the interview was invaluable.

For the first time in Cora's managerial career, the Red Sox will take on the Diamondbacks, with the two meeting in a three-game series starting on Friday night. The Sox have struggled to start the season and hold a 2-6 record as they finish up the final leg of their 11-game west coast road trip.

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